To Live Poetically. . .

Industry Observer CalDRE #01165532


To Live Poetically. . .  


While I attempt to limit time spent on Facebook, there are certain must-visits on the site where I do stop.  While time management can be challenging, the control I have has proven an achievable solution when practiced.

I admit the daily birthday reminders come in handy although I have missed more than a few candle blowouts.  And a group from a long-ago career allows me to stay aware and can be kinda fun too.  And then there is someone who posts once, maybe twice, a week who I referenced in a previous post.

Chris Erskine is a former Los Angeles Times columnist who I have read over the years.  He has retired from that job but continues to share his thoughts on whatever is going on in his head and around him.  This line from a recent posting says a lot to me:

You don’t need to be a poet to live poetically. 

Chris Erskine


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Posted: April 3, 2023

Posted by

Michael Jacobs


CalBRE # 01165532

P. O. Box 587

Pasadena, CA 91102

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Comments (30)

Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Hi Michael,
I've never thought of living life poetically, but maybe I do. I try to live with imagination and sensitivity, and that does seem to fit within the definition of "poetically". 

Apr 03, 2023 07:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

Carol Williams - with and without interpretation.  Each moment provides another discovery.  

Apr 03, 2023 08:08 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Michael Jacobs  You are a wise man! There are not enough hours in a day to catch up on everything. I also check up on Birthdays but there are times I miss important messages. So much to do so little time.

Apr 03, 2023 08:30 AM
Michael Jacobs

Hannah Williams - there are certainly lots of time bandits.  They "live" among us.  

Apr 03, 2023 08:36 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

I agree with those words from Chris Erskine, Michael.  I hope you have a poetic week!

Apr 03, 2023 09:46 AM
Michael Jacobs

Myrl Jeffcoat - so many different interpretations of that too.  And that makes the possibilities increase.  

Apr 03, 2023 09:55 AM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You don’t need to be a poet to live poetically.

A great thought and one that would require minimum effort to achieve.

Apr 03, 2023 11:05 AM
Michael Jacobs

Ed Silva - exactly.  So many directions it could take.  

Apr 03, 2023 01:16 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Michael- what a wonderful quote. Like Dorie Dillard Austin TX I went to his website and started going down the rabbit hole of reading his columns!!!  I used to follow Craig Wilson when he was a columnist with USA Today. Thank you for introducing me to someone else I will look forward to reading. 

Apr 03, 2023 11:12 AM
Michael Jacobs

Kathy Streib - while he lives in the suburbs of Los Angeles, his writing seems quite relatable to me beyond the boundaries of SoCal.  

Apr 03, 2023 01:18 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Michael,

I remember that name.  We used to get the Sunday Times.  It must have weighed 4 pounds back in the day.  We all should try to live our life poetically.

Apr 03, 2023 04:15 PM
Michael Jacobs

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - while I haven't subscribed in years, the size of all newspapers in our area has certainly decreased.  

Apr 03, 2023 04:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I like the birthday reminders on Facebook.

And, I spend too much time on Facebook as I participate in a number of groups that share photographs.

Apr 04, 2023 07:54 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I agree with you about the FB BD reminders.  Beyond those do you enjoy it?  Do you find it beneficial? 

There is an abundant number of choices available to each of us.  When it comes to possibilities and perspective, my mind turns to thoughts of pondering. . . 

Enjoy your day - it looks like it's going to be another rain-free day in Southern California.  At least, so far.

Apr 04, 2023 09:00 AM
Roy Kelley

As you know, photography is my hobby. I have a world wide following on Facebook. My ego enjoys the special recognition. I really should move on from ActiveRain and focus on Facebook and other sites. I also post on Twitter and Pinterest every day.

We have a sunny spring day in Maryland. 71 degrees as I post this comment.

Apr 04, 2023 09:39 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - it's interesting how our passion (s) develop (s) and what "powers" them to grow.  

Today was a nice Wednesday and it is predicted that there will be more of the same.  Of course, things can change.  Each day proves to be an adventure in one way or another.  

Apr 05, 2023 05:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, it was fun reading all your comments, and the common thread, less time now spent on FB.   BUT, that is probably not the stats I have heard, just from those here in the Rain.

Apr 04, 2023 10:49 AM
Michael Jacobs

Joan Cox - it's interesting, at least to me, to "see" and "hear" reports of participation in any activity.  Information gathered can be "factual" - "anecdotal" "conjecture" "interpretation" as well as all sorts of combinations of those and other words.  Yes, interesting. . .   

Apr 04, 2023 11:38 AM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

Michael, I probably spend only about 30 minutes a day, and not all at the same time on FB. Time management is always challenging. I do love this quote about living poetically. 

Apr 05, 2023 08:23 AM
Michael Jacobs

Jerry Newman - there are many projects that are a part of our daily management portfolio.   

Apr 05, 2023 08:32 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

As with all of  your posts, very thought provoking!  Out of curiosity, I googled that phrase.  Wow - it has it's own website!  The links on the site don't work for "about" or "here's what you can do" so a bit defeating, but the overarching theme of building a bridge makes sense.  

Apr 05, 2023 05:08 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ - when I first saw it, I went on a search as well.  Talk about rabbit hole adventures --- as we begin. . .  

Apr 05, 2023 05:22 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Definitely Michael!  You must also be a life long learner!  

Apr 05, 2023 05:33 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, Michael.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

Apr 08, 2023 08:41 AM
Michael Jacobs

Roy Kelley - I hope your weekend continues to be best it can be.  

Apr 08, 2023 10:31 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

As you know, because we are FB friends, it is mostly about family and friends for me. A way to stay in touch and share life events. Humor is what I find most appealing.

Apr 08, 2023 10:20 AM
Michael Jacobs

Sharon Tara - I agree.  Humor is a good thing to keep "around".  It's a worthy companion.  

Apr 08, 2023 10:33 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Michael I have never been a Poet but went to the same school as Edgar Alan Poe:) now in all fairness my father thought me to love Poetry and I have a handful of favorite poets, not sure if I live poetically or philosophically, I tend to think philosophically is more me than I care to admit.

Apr 08, 2023 07:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Endre Barath, Jr. - I don't have a close relationship with poetry. Although I "have been introduced" to many poems over my years, it would be difficult to choose a favorite as my familiarity with the body of their works is quite limited.  

Apr 09, 2023 06:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Michael and may you have a Happy Easter and hope the Easter Bunny was good to you this morning!

Apr 09, 2023 08:34 AM
Michael Jacobs

Will Hamm - Hoppy Easter to you.  May your munching today be delicious.  

Apr 09, 2023 09:02 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Love Erskine's quote and agree wholeheartedly, Michael - thank you for sharing!

I wish I had more hours in the day but, since there is absolutely nothing I can or ever will be able to do about that, I understand your minimalistic Facebook time! Social media can be overwhelming if we allow it to.

Apr 09, 2023 11:40 PM
Michael Jacobs

Debe Maxwell, CRS - managing expectations is a part of that process for me.  Of course, that as well as so many other things, remains a work-in-progress for me.  

Apr 10, 2023 05:41 AM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Real estate is an art. How you do it can be graceful poetry and made to look easy when it is a passion. We are all beginners and reinvent the list/twist/sell (repeat) daily. Love  where you live and it will show. Have fun, the movie of life is a short one. Don't look in the rear view with regrets Michael Jacobs .

Apr 12, 2023 02:27 PM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - your comment is a good reminder of the saying/quote about the size of the windshield of a car versus its rear view mirror.   

Apr 12, 2023 02:39 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573

So true but those truckers have some pretty big west coast mirrors and back up cameras Michael Jacobs . Some would argue "rip off the rear view mirror of life and regret" and unless you woke up dead, begin again but armed with wisdom, lessons learned.

Apr 12, 2023 02:48 PM
Michael Jacobs

Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573 - very true and so much insight.  

Apr 12, 2023 02:53 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Michael Jacobs - Until now, I did not know anything about Chris. I'll have to visit his blog post. 

How interesting!

Apr 14, 2023 04:19 AM
Michael Jacobs

Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - it's not surprising that he is not known.  He may have been syndicated when he was a columnist for the Los Angeles Times.  These days he seems to be taking a different approach.  

Apr 14, 2023 04:31 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I have always not fully understood or appreciated poetry -- even the word turns me off.  I am a musician all my life - started performing on stages at 3 yrs. old and spent all my life in music.  Poetry, 'NO.'  But I was interested enough to do a little research and I liked this one explanation on living a poetic life:
            live your life as an artist and the world as your canvas.
           (quote has many authors)

May 08, 2023 02:31 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - interpretation is explored in countless ways.  My relationship with poetry remains complicated.  And confused too.  

May 08, 2023 08:27 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Poetically has been defined as living and expressing in imaginative, sensitive, emotional, in-depth and feeling style of expressions. I can see where we can live this and not necessarily be writing or reading or even loving poetry.

Jun 16, 2023 06:01 PM
Michael Jacobs

Jane Chaulklin-Schott - thank you for this addition.  

Jun 17, 2023 05:50 AM